Lock cars at night

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  1. Minnie

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    Always even just to run in the house and pick up something I left behind.
     
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  2. scooterbug44

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    Mama Scooterbug not only locks the doors on us, she locks the screen doors. Her theory is that criminals are lazy so it might still dissuade them - our theory is that it is annoying (and it hurts to bounce off them) and that is excessive since there is a large dog who barks at US, let alone the criminal who walks down the long driveway to get there.
     
  3. Lynnie

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    :rofl::rofl: :dunno: What the hell was I trying to say here? :funn:
     
  4. Rudyjohn

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    uh... ... YEAH!!

    Same here. As a matter of fact, I immediately lock my doors when I'm IN the car! :lol:

    I say better safe than sorry.
     
  5. NoHall

    NoHall hmmmm......can't remember

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    My house is one that screams, "There isn't much to steal here." 4 of my closest neighbors have lived here 50+ years, and my parents live next door. The neighbors are all retired and now every move I make, and Mom and Dad can see my door from their recliners!

    Even so, when my crazy neighbors with the alleged meth lab lived next door, I got in the habit of locking doors, windows and car. You never know what someone will do when s/he's loopy on the juice. Now that they've moved out in the dead of night, I'm not so vigilant. :blush:
     
  6. cheesehead

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    We're not living in Hooterville anymore.
     
  7. NoHall

    NoHall hmmmm......can't remember

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    Speak for yourself! :lol:

    My dad (who, with my mom, locks the doors even when they're home) likes to remind us that when he was a kid they only locked the door on Sundays. If they didn't, his Uncle June (short for Junior) would come over and turn all the furniture upside down while they were at church. :rolling:
     
  8. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

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    We have alarms so that if someone opens the screen doors, the alarm goes off before the intruder even has a chance to try to break in. I think we have overdone our security, but after the home invasion, that's the way we roll.

    We always turn on the alarm at night and/or if we go upstairs. And we keep guns in lock boxes in key locations in the house. I have signs around the house that say, "Owner has gun and will shoot intruders." We also have motion alarms all over the property. We get false alarms from deer quite frequently, but a false alarm is better than no alarm. We just look out and hope to see the deer. If there were an intruder around, the deer would scoot.
     
  9. Lynnie

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    Cool art. :funn:

    My cousin had a huge sign on their property that said, "You Are Under Visual Surveillance!"

    :floor:Not video, but visual! They had a few break-ins.....sleepy little town in S. GA. After posting the sign, no more break-ins.
     
  10. Beach Runner

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    Video. ;-) I won't divulge all of our security secrets.
     
  11. Lynnie

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    I want to place a video cam near my mailbox. Postman is spooky and scared to death of 'predator bugs and snakes.' :floor:So, he keeps shoving my jasmine off my mailbox and I am about to go postal on him. He denies doing it!
     
  12. Kurt Lischka

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    Locking doors is something most people know to do. Or at least know they are failing to do. No need to broadcast there is money in an unlocked car in a particular town and street. It's kind of like an invitation to come prowl isn't it?
     
  13. Rudyjohn

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    predator bugs???
     
  14. Yzarctoo

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    No invitation issued

    I didn't realize I was BROADCASTING Kurt...I thought and I meant to warn others that there were folks in the Grayton area prowling and looking for unlocked cars on Pine Street. Which by the way, had other car looters about this same time last year here on Pine. Sometimes living in Paradise we forget that there are Others out there who are ready to prey on us when we make foolish mistakes. AND leaving a car unlocked was foolish and careless on our part. I also discovered via my "BROADCAST' that there were several others that had their cars invaded...Defuniak Street and Magnolia were also visited...so it appears that there were quite a few of us that got hit. Perhaps my warning may have reminded others who may have become careless to LOCK their cars...at least I hope so. The money missing was change and a few dollars...it wasn't my life savings...I for one would want to know if my town, or my street might have a problem with unlocked cars and petty thieves. I really don't think I extended an invitation to come prowl.
     
  15. lsucajuns

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    The other morning I went to getin my truck to go to work and I don't keep my truck unlocked, but when I went up to it the door was craked open. I saw that someone had went thru my glove box, nothing missing that I know of. Seems to be going around.
     
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    Thanks all...I forgot to close my garage door.:wave:
     
  17. DavidD

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    When I first moved to SoWal, almost 14 years ago (1996), my wife and I lived in a micro-small apartment behind our store in Ruskin Place, Seaside and felt extremely safe compared to the city we left. We heard stories of how everyone left their doors unlocked and we were excited to join the club. Back then the local community was much smaller and everyone knew everyone. But even back then, we had two bikes stolen from deep, under a carport. I'm sad to say that from that point on, I have locked all doors. I don't mean to be a downer and I'm not paranoid, and I do think that we live in a very safe place but there's no reason to press your luck.
    Not 6 months ago, my wife's purse was casually taken out of her car when it was parked at Bentley's (the old 3Thirty1) off of Chat Holley. She had to run into the building for a second and just didn't think to lock it. Luckily for her, a security camera had just been installed and caught the criminal in the act. Our great sheriff's department had the burglars caught within the hour and the purse and contents returned. We were told that they were living in a house on Chat Holley that a was a junk pile of stolen backpacks, purses and bags.
     
  18. SHELLY

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    Thieves know we get a whole new crop of folks each week with stuff to steal. Many of our visitors come from "gated upscale communities" or live out in the country where they habitually leave their cars unlocked with their stuff inside (money, iPods, cameras, laptops). These visitors, because they pay big bucks for a beach house, falsely assume that our little beach community is "safe and secure" too. What they fail to realize is that they're living among a bunch of strangers who change out every week..."strangers" wandering in and out of vacation rental subdivisions and condo parking lots is no cause for alarm. Thieves just brush past cars, trying the handles to see if one opens (apparently many do) and grab the loot and go.

    We are in a serious recession with unemployment on the rise and I expect petty theft will rise too. Personally, I'd like to thank the folks who "make it easy" for these thieves by leaving their stuff unsecured...without them, the thieves might become more aggressive.
     
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  19. Matt J

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    Perhaps the parents of the child who was caught doing this last year should hold that child by their ankles and shake. The child has clearly learned not to take traceable items like bags, phones, iPods, etc.
     
  20. Kurt Lischka

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    I understand and meant no offense. I doubt burglars are reading this forum. :wave:
     

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